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David Snively
  • August 22, 1940
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  • November 10, 2021

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David Snively was well-known for his quick wit and great sense of humor. He was born in Schenectady NY to Howard and Mary Hershey Snively, August 22, 1940. He studied at Northwestern, Union College, and MIT over the course of his life.

David joined Standard Oil of Ohio (SOHIO) in Cleveland, Ohio in 1965. He enjoyed many jobs within the company and was excited to live and work on the west coast selling the first crude oil to flow from the Alaska Pipeline. After heading the LA office briefly, he returned to the Cleveland headquarters and held various positions including VP of Retail Marketing, Wholesale Marketing, and Governmental Affairs before retiring early in 1995 to pursue his lifelong dream of owning a farm. David had a small flock of sheep and earned the reputation of producing excellent lamb. While farming, he was elected a town trustee in Newbury.  He also concentrated on one of his many passions, writing 18 short stories, two novels, and one novella. David was an avid hobbyist, including working in his own darkroom creating photos which he shared with friends and which earned prizes. He also took part in snowmobiling, beer and bread making, cooking, woodworking, sport shooting (clays), and, his first love, golfing. He was an excellent golfer who maintained a 7 handicap for years.

David was active in Junior Achievement and hosted an annual Farm Day in the Country for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cleveland which was always a highlight of his farm years.

David is survived by his best friend and wife of 56 years, Heather, their two supportive, loving children, son David Jr. (Elizabeth) Snively and daughter Devi (Agustin) Snively, and his beloved grandchildren, Evan and Amy, as well as his brother Robert.

David died at Cornerstone Hospice in The Villages, Florida, November 10, 2021 after resisting Alzheimer’s disease for years. Except for memory issues, he remained himself with a good disposition and ability to make people smile till his final month.  He hopes to be remembered with your smile for these qualities.

By his own choice, there will be no services. Memorial donations may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cleveland, Northeast Ohio.  Arrangements entrusted with BALDWIN BROTHERS Funeral & Cremation Society-Spanish Springs, 352-480-5959.  Sentiments may be left online at www.baldwincremation.com.


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  1. Joan Urankar Allgood says:
    08 Jan 2022
    My condolences to Heather on the death of David, our former neighbor who sold us delicious lamb many times and who with Heather entertained us at their Newbury home several times - in particular on Valentine's Day. Always a fun time with persons of great humor and grace. Heather, my thoughts are with you.

  2. Robert Mekinda, Mentor, OH says:
    13 Dec 2021
    It was my great pleasure to know David during my employment with BP. First met him in Los Angles office and when he returned to Cleveland. He was a wonderful person to know and work with. My sincere condolences for your loss.

  3. Carolyn and Doug Price says:
    12 Dec 2021
    We will remember David’s wonderful smile and his love of family and friends. He was truly a special person, and we were blessed to have known him during his time here in Newbury.

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